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Round White Island Race

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Race Documents

Provisional Results

Race Records

  • MULTIHULL
    Team Vodafone Sailing – 2012
    1 day 3 hours 7 minutes 58 seconds

  • Monohull
    CQS / Big Boat Racing – 2016
    1 day 3 hours 59 minutes 44 seconds

Race Updates

  • Race started on time at 1005 hours Friday 25 November 2016

  • CRUSADER – Withdrawn. Electrical issues.

  • CQS – Not using tracker

  • Photos now available. See below the tracker, or via the RAYC Facebook Page.

  • AKATEA: We are keeping an eye on Akatea. They may have tracker issues.

  • NOTORIOUS: Wrapped kite around forestay. Changed to a bigger one!

  • CQS: Big Boat Racing has set a new race record time of 1 day 3 hours 59 minutes and 44 second. Team Vodafone Sailing still holds the overall race record of 1 day, 3 hours, 7 minutes and 58 seconds

  • COOL CHANGE: At 1309 hours on Sunday 27th November, RAYC Race Management received notification from Kordia, that Cool Change had withdrawn and are heading for Tauranga. They have experienced some problems and communications are limited. More information will be provided.

  • COOL CHANGE: At 1414 hours on Sunday 27th November, safety manager Rob Croft confirmed that he was in contact with Sandra Limbrick (Richard Limbrick’s NoK), who advised that he and Cory (crew member) are now heading to Whitianga. They had reported having taken on water, and issues with their sat phone. More to come.

  • IEMANJA: At 1800 hours on Sunday 27th November, Iemanja skipper Steve Henry advised that they had curler damage and decided to withdraw. “Lots of fun in 35 knots but we are heading home”.

  • COOL CHANGE: At 2227 hours on Sunday 27th November, safety manager Rob Croft confirmed that Cool Change had arrived safely in Whitianga. Thanks to Josh Martin, a member of the public who was watching the race via out website and Facebook page, for getting in touch to give the guys a hand. They are now being fed!

  • IEMANJA: At 0103 hours on Sunday 27th November, Iemanja skipper Steve Henry advised that they had arrived safely back to their berth at Half Moon Bay Marina.

Finish Times

  • CQS / Big Boat Racing: Saturday 26th @ 14:04:44

  • Awen: Saturday 26th @ 20:31:09

  • Akatea: Saturday 26th @ 22:44:54

  • Equilibrium: Sunday 27th @ 00:59:21
    Finish time guesstimation winner. Guess of Sat 26 @ 2330. 1 hour 29 minutes 21 seconds off.

  • Sun Fast 3600 Racing: Sunday 27th @ 07:35:56

  • Flyer: Sunday 27th @ 09:08:14

  • Nirvana: Sunday 27th @ 09:41:54

  • Notorious: Sunday 27th @ 10:32:07

  • Pacific Sundance: Sunday 27th @ 11:47:07

  • Marshall Law: Sunday 27th @ 12:09:28

  • Ilex: Monday 28th @ 14:38:53

Provisional Results

View the radio scheduling reports here.

Information will be posted once received.

Reports: 1830/1930 & 0630/0730 hours, daily until all boats are finish.

Friday 25 November – PM Report

Cool Change – ABEAM CHANNEL IS – All’s well
CQS Big Boat Racing – About to round White Island
Equilibrium – All’s well, 15 knots!
Flyer – All’s well
Iemanja – All’s well
Ilex – All’s well, but we are slow… 5 knots!
Marshall Law – All’s well
Nirvana – All’s well, wind N 20 knots
Notorious – Not happy… It’s raining!
Pacific Sundance – Speed 8.4knots
SUN FAST 3600 Racing – All’s well. Damon’s moustache may be slowing us down.
Akatea – Nothing heard
Awen – Nothing heard

Saturday 26 November – AM Report

Akatea – All ok
Awen – All ok
Cool Change – Nothing heard
CQS Big Boat Racing – All ok
Equilibrium – All ok
Flyer – Rounding White Island
Iemanja – All ok
Ilex – All ok, but still only going 5 knots!
Marshall Law – All good
Nirvana – Rounded White Island
Notorious – We’re ok, but the kite wrapped around the forestay! Messy.
Pacific Sundance – All ok
SUN FAST 3600 Racing – Rounded White Island at 0530. Damon’s moustache smells like volcanic sulphur.

Saturday 26 November – PM Report

Akatea – Finished
Awen – Finished
Cool Change – All ok
CQS Big Boat Racing – Finished
Equilibrium – Speed 8.5 knots. All ok
Flyer – All ok
Iemanja – Rounded White Island at 1512hours. All ok.
Ilex – Rounded White Island at 1817. All ok.
Marshall Law – All good
Nirvana – All ok
Notorious – Speed 6 knots. All ok.
Pacific Sundance – All ok
SUN FAST 3600 Racing – Damon got beer nuts stuck in his moustache. 

Sunday 27th November – AM Report

Akatea – Finished
Awen – Finished
Cool Change – Nothing heard
CQS Big Boat Racing – Finished
Equilibrium – Finished
Flyer – All ok
Iemanja – All ok
Ilex – All ok
Marshall Law – All ok
Nirvana – All ok
Notorious – Exhausted but all ok
Pacific Sundance – All ok
SUN FAST 3600 Racing – Damon’s moustache is getting soaked with rum

Sunday 27th November – PM Report

Akatea – Finished
Awen – Finished
Cool Change – Retired. Whitianga.
CQS Big Boat Racing – Finished
Equilibrium – Finished
Flyer – Finished
Iemanja – Retired. Heading home.
Ilex – Still going!!!
Marshall Law – Finished 
Nirvana – Finished
Notorious – Finished
Pacific Sundance – Finished
SUN FAST 3600 RacingFinished. Damon’s moustache is having a rest.

Sunday 27th November – PM Report

Akatea – Finished
Awen – Finished
Cool Change – Retired. Whitianga.
CQS Big Boat Racing – Finished
Equilibrium – Finished
Flyer – Finished
Iemanja – Retired. Heading home.
Ilex – We can almost see Auckland!
Marshall Law – Finished 
Nirvana – Finished
Notorious – Finished
Pacific Sundance – Finished
SUN FAST 3600 RacingFinished. Damon’s moustache is having a rest.

Please Note: Tracking is not a mandatory rule for this race. If the boat you follow is not listed, they may have decided to not show their tracking. The only way you can encourage them to track, is hound them with peer pressure.

2016 White Island Photos

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This Category 3+ race takes the yachts from Auckland, down south to the Bay of Plenty, round White Island, and back to Auckland.

At 320 nautical miles it isn’t a race for just anybody!

The Round White Island Race is perfect for those needing offshore racing experience or need a qualifying race for another series.

In 2011 the race had a different course and sent the fleet north rather than south. The reason being was due to the Rena wreck and the amount of debris still on the course area.